U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule that increases fees for most immigration benefit applications and petitions by an average of 10 percent, effective November 23. The final rule made no changes to the fee schedule contained in the proposed rule, which was discussed in the June 2010 issue of the Immigration eAuthority. Although a few fees will be reduced under the proposal, the filing fees for primary employer-sponsored petition forms will increase. The I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (used for H-1B, H-2B, O-1 and L-1 petitions, among others) would be increased from $320 to $325. The I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (used for most employer-sponsored green cards) would be raised from $475 to $580. Please see the USCIS fact sheet for a schedule of fee changes.
Employees at High Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness May Be Entitled to Job Protections in Washington State
Washington State recently issued new protections for workers who are at “high risk” of severe illness or death from COVID-19. The protections, created by Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-46, affect both essential businesses and nonessential businesses expecting to reopen between April 13 and June 12, 2020, when the emergency proclamation expires, unless it is lawfully extended in accordance with Washington’s emergency powers laws.
On February 2, 2016, in a meeting conducted in Brussels, the European Commission and the United States agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows. With all the negative connotations surrounding it, the name “Safe Harbour” has been dropped, and the new agreement will be called the “EU-US Privacy Shield.”
There are roughly 30,000 people with medical marijuana registry identification cards in Illinois, and marijuana dispensaries are becoming a more common sight. As the popularity of this treatment continues to grow, contractors are more likely to be faced with hiring and disciplinary decisions involving employees using marijuana.